• 31
    Aug

Fine Art, Period Furniture, Accessories from Carolina Estates on the Block

[caption id="attachment_2485760" align="alignright" width="384" caption="Original oil on canvas rendering of a sunset by American painter Elliott Dangerfield (estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $25,000, at a Carolina estates sale hosted by Leland Little Auctions."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – More than 700 lots of fine art, period furniture and decorative accessories from prominent Carolina estates and collections—including the estate...

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  • 31
    Aug

Mohawk Neon Porcelain Sign Soars to $30,250 at Petroliana Auction

[caption id="attachment_2485746" align="alignright" width="302"] The top lot at an August Petroliana & Gas Station Collectibles Auction was this Mohawk Gasoline single-sided porcelain neon sign, which soared to $30,250.[/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mohawk Gasoline neon single-sided porcelain sign, graded 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 for condition and with exceptional gloss, sold for $30,250 at...

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  • 26
    Aug

Unique Locomotive Iron Draws Unexpectedly Rich Bid at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2484317" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This locomotive-shaped iron, owned by a WorthPoint member who used WorthPoint’s consignment service to place it in auction, sold for $15,000 at auction, well above the estimated $10,000."][/caption] When WorthPoint member Marilyn Detwiler decided to use WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service to value and then help her sell a locomotive-shaped iron, she hoped it...

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  • 26
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/26/09

[caption id="attachment_2485705" align="alignright" width="336" caption="Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joseph Shuster."][/caption] The long and ugly court battle for the rights to Superman between the Siegel family (Jerry Siegel, along with Joseph Shuster, were the creators of Superman) may be nearing an end. On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Larson, who has been overseeing the legal case, ordered the Siegel...

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  • 25
    Aug

Uncommon Railroad Watches: Challenging Collections to Complete

Railroad watches were produced in prodigious quantities by nearly all the American watch companies, starting in 1870 and running right up to 1969, with the first being the National Watch Company’s (Elgin) Key Wind B.W. Raymond for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the last being Hamilton's 992B. While these "common" railroad watches are of interest to beginner collectors and...

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  • 25
    Aug

German-made Jasperware: Easy to Find & Underappreciated

[caption id="attachment_2485664" align="alignright" width="373" caption="This German-made Jasperware, like this plaque depicting classical scene, are very unappreciated items and often sell in the $80-$200 range at auction."][/caption] "Jasperware" was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid 1700's. The Wedgwood company was one of the most innovative companies of its time, and often its popular lines were copied by...

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  • 25
    Aug

Taking a Peek at Antique Furniture Keyhole Accessories

[caption id="attachment_2485655" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="The circular wooden escutcheons on these keyholes are from the Renaissance Revival period of the 1870s/1880. Then top half of the upper escutcheon is broken off."][/caption] When you examine almost any older or antique piece of furniture which has doors, drawers, a drop front, a tambour or a lid you almost certainly, sooner or...

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  • 25
    Aug

Duck, Duck, Goose II: A. Elmer Crowell Decoys Realize High Prices at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2485689" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A nesting Canada goose by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) sold for $661,250 at auction last month. (Photo courtesy Copley Fine Art Auctions)"][/caption] On July 15 and 16 of this year, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its sporting sale in Plymouth, Ma. Among the many items to be sold were seven wonderful A. Elmer Crowell...

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  • 23
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 24-28, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find an infamous fedora, some expensive antique cars not roaring off the auction block, someone else nabbed in a relics sting and found Tsar Nicholas II family jewelry. From The Dallas Morning News: Hat worn by Jack Ruby during Oswald shooting to be auctioned in Dallas Jack Ruby was a Dallas...

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  • 23
    Aug

International Society of Appraisers Offering ‘Appraisal of Fine Art’ Course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a six-day course entitled “Appraisal of Fine Art” geared for the professional appraiser and the advanced soon-to-be-appraiser in Chicago from September 10 to 15. The course, which a credited course for ISA members, will be taught by Cathy Peters—a professional appraiser who is certified in fine arts appraisal with...

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